HOW YOU CAN JUDGE JIANG'S VISIT

CHINA'S LEADER WANTS RESPECT. CLINTON WANTS SOME DELIVERABLES

China can't get no respect. The world's most populous country, the up-and-coming superpower, the economic behemoth--none of that cuts much ice in American minds preoccupied with Tiananmen Square, Tibet and Taiwan, not to mention the Communist Party. That's precisely why China's President Jiang Zemin is so eager to come here. He may have consolidated power internally, but he desperately wants to affirm his nation's legitimacy abroad. So Jiang's aim during his eight-day state visit, the first since China's bloody suppression of the democracy movement in 1989, is nothing less than to change the minds of Americans about what is going on...

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